1. IT’S THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. DISCOUNT TIME.

    25 July 2016

    You can tell. The roads are quiet in the morning. The weather takes a slight downturn. There are massive queues at Dover and the property market quietens down a bit.

    It doesn’t exactly die a death but the phone doesn’t ring quite as often and those of us with kids take our eye off the property market ball for six weeks.

    Then September kicks in with a rush to get on the market before the dark nights return and Santa comes back to the Metrocentre in October.

    So to fill our diary we are offering a discount on our usual selling fee.

    The usual 1% will include the V.A.T. instead of it being added.

    That’s a saving for you even if you don’t market the house until later in the year.

    As long as you get your free valuation booked in before the end of August.

    Phone us on 01670 730073 or email paul@renownestates.com

    www.renownestates.com


  2. Just a quick update for you.

    12 July 2016

    Looking at Zoopla again to see how we are doing. Pretty well by the look of it. For the second year running, we are number one for sales and lettings in the Cramlington area.

    As far as lettings are concerned, we have let twice as many properties as the next best agent.


  3. New Summertime Sale Fee!

    5 July 2016

    THROUGH JULY AND AUGUST WE ARE RUNNING A SPECIAL OFFER ON SALES.
    SUMMERTIME SPECIAL SALE FEE
    1% INCLUSIVE OF V.A.T.
    BOOK YOUR FREE VALUATION DURING THIS TIME
    AND IF YOU PREFER NOT TO GO ONTO
     THE MARKET UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR
    THE OFFER WILL STAND.
    AND REMEMBER,
    IT’S NO SALE NO FEE.
    (Minimum £995)

  4. Banging on about leaseholds… Got to be done.

    20 June 2016

    There are still lots of people unaware of the importance of this Cramlington issue.
    Talking to estate agent friends in other parts of the region the problem they have is similar. The unique situation with our town is that it was developed by Leech and Bell relatively quickly with homes sold on 99 year lease terms.
    Other estates, say in Durham, Killingworth or Sunderland, were developed individually by these builders and form a small part of the total housing stock.
    We have helped owners of leasehold homes save a lot of money by showing them how to negotiate with freeholders.
    Results vary from estate to estate. Several thousands of pounds have been shaved off initial prices quoted.
    In some cases up to 50%.
    Waiting will cost you money.
    It will also lengthen the time it takes for a sale to go through causing frustration and complications.
    We aren’t in this for the money. We don’t charge anything.
    You will have to pay an expert surveyor but the fee is peanuts compared to the savings you could make.
    There’s no price to put on peace of mind.


  5. Cramlington Development Trust

    23 May 2016

    I have recently been asked to join The Cramlington Development Trust as a director. It’s still early days and I am still trying to get my feet under the table but, as my main concern is housing and related subjects, I will be continuing my mission to inform and assist with the leasehold issues that we continue to experience. Ultimately, I would like to see all new houses built in Cramlington to be freehold.

    The Trust, while it is still in its infancy, has an enthusiastic board with the prosperity and wellbeing of the town as its driver.

    Please have a look at the website to learn more about the aims and objects of the organisation.

    www.cramlington.org


  6. Buying new? Ask some questions…..seriously.

    7 May 2016

    Getting a lot of requests for advice from people outside of Cramlington experiencing exactly the same problems.It seems we are not alone.

    Looking at a lease today for a flat on Southfield built in 1972 and the 99 year lease started in 1964.

    That’s 10% of the term gone.

    Scandalous really.

    That’s why I’m asking buyers of new houses to ask questions before they sign up.

    Do you know anyone looking at buying a new leasehold house?

    Please make sure they know to ask. 

    Just a warning. 

    That’s all.


  7. Here’s one for you…..Virtual ofices.

    1 April 2016

    An agent in another town ( about 10 miles away ) is advertising a phone number on his web site indicating that he has an office in Cramlington.

    They clearly haven’t got an office in Cramlington; if they had I would know about it.

    According to them, it’s a virtual office.

    Intrigued?  I was.

    It’s the way forward, said the principal when I asked him about it. I’m doing it before everyone else does. Ahead of the curve, he says. I have experts who know the area without the expense of having an office.

    The only house that I’m aware of that they are marketing around here is way overpriced and has been on the market for 10 months.

    Personally, I think it’s misleading.

    We once had an agent who advertised an office in Cramlington when all he had was a display in a newsagent’s shop window.

    He went out of business.

     


  8. Landlord Testimonial: It really does seem remarkable…

    24 March 2016

    I wanted to say a very big thank you to all at Renown for looking after me for the last 10?15? years….please pass these comments on to all the staff!

    It really does seem remarkable, that it is 19 years since I went to view flats in the area with a slim, new boy called Paul Booth who was a tad surprised that I as good as put him in charge of selecting the property to buy, as well as then having to let it!!!!! …a lot has happened in the ensuing years, mostly positive.

    Anyway again many thanks and all the best for the future.

    John McConnell.


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